Bombings kill at least 21 people across Iraq
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Bombings kill at least 21 people across Iraq

Another 25 people were wounded in the explosion of a car bomb parked in the Al-Habibiyah neighborhood.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 19:12 IST

At least 21 people were killed across Iraq on Tuesday, including 10 in a car bombing in eastern Baghdad, security officials said.

Another 25 people were wounded in the explosion of a car bomb parked in the Al-Habibiyah neighborhood at about 3:30 pm.

Elsewhere, 11 Iraqis were killed, two of them children and two employees of the embassy of the United Arab Emirates, security officials said.

Since Monday night police also recovered 18 bodies across Iraq, many of them tortured and riddled with bullets.

The two children were killed when a bomb exploded inside their house in eastern Baghdad.

The bomb also wounded three other members of the family in the capital's Al-Jadida neighbourhood.

In a brutal ambush, two Iraqis working at the UAE embassy were gunned down when they were travelling in their car in the upscale Mansour neighbourhood.

In the south of the country, in the Sahl area near the border with Saudi Arabia, two teenage shepherds were killed by an anti-personnel mine.

In Basra a policeman was also killed and another officer wounded when they were attacked by gunmen early on Tuesday.

One civilian was killed by a roadside bomb near Fatiha, north of the oil refining city of Baiji, while two truck drivers from a US base near Dujail were also shot dead by rebels.

One civilian was allegedly killed by US forces near a checkpoint, north of Tikrit, police said, but there was no immediate confirmation from the US military.

In the same region, but in a separate incident, an Iraqi truck driver was kidnapped, police added.

On Tuesday a high ranking local official with the Samarra municipality north of Baghdad narrowly escaped injury in a car bomb explosion that wounded four of his guards, killing one, local police said.

The car bomb detonated as the convoy of Assad Yassin, the municipal council president, passed by.

Samarra, which has been surrounded by an earth wall set up by US forces to deter insurgents, has become a major center of rebel activity.

It was in Samarra that a major Shiite shrine was bombed in February, provoking a wave of sectarian killings.

Of the 18 corpses found since Monday night, 17 were discovered around Baghdad, while one was found near the Tigris river in the village of Al-Sherkat, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi cabinet said 3 insurgents were killed, including one known as the "Prince of Princes", in an operation in Tarmiya, just north Baghdad. The release gave no further detail about the "prince".

The cabinet said the operation was spurred by intelligence garnered in Samarra and that the men were implicated in attacks in the oil refining town of Baiji, farther north.

Thirteen other insurgents were reported arrested around the country.

Meanwhile, two mass graves dating from the regime of Saddam Hussein were found near the southern city of Nasiriyah, a local religious organisation said.

The sites were discovered last week when a shepherd came upon a fragment of human bone next to a small hill where his flock was grazing, said Abdel Hussein al-Hadi of the Center for Martyrs in Nasiriyah.

Hadi speculated that the bodies date from Saddam's suppression of the 1991 Shiite revolt in the south following the US-led expulsion of the Iraqi army from Kuwait.

There is no word yet on the number of bodies in the graves, but a company specialized in excavating such sites have been contacted, Hadi said.

Numerous mass graves of Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south have been discovered since the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003.

US officials believe there could be at least 300,000 bodies buried in mass graves across Iraq.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 18:08 IST